Ray Cox; the Brigantine police captain who had short term title of ‘acting chief’, has filed suit against the city.
According to The Press of Atlantic City, the lawsuit was filed on Friday in Superior Court. It alleges City Manager Jennifer Blumenthal demoted then-acting Chief Ray Cox in violation of local and state law “without any specification of charges, right to hearing … and without any adjudication of misconduct.”
Cox is seeking damages, attorneys’ fees, and to be restored as acting chief.
According to the suit, Cox temporarily filled several vacancies in the Police Department during Blumenthal’s vacation. When Blumenthal returned from vacation, she stripped Cox of his acting chief title. According to Blumenthal, Cox made these promotions without her approval. Blumenthal also said Cox was stripped of his acting chief title – not demoted – upon the recommendation of the city’s labor attorney.